Of course a photographer travels to an exotic island in the Caribbean to photograph an amazing wedding with an amazingly good-looking couple . . . and then doesn’t share the “other” pics. I do enjoy shooting landscapes, but I really just enjoyed the beauty of the island and relaxed. Of course this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph such a beautiful place that I HAD to take my big camera and take some snaps. I love doing panoramas, as you’ll see at the bottom. I do hope that these give you a glimpse of the island of St. Croix in all it’s beauty. There is a lot to see, more to learn, and even more history that made this trip so memorable to me. A big thanks goes to Mr. Bidelspacher from the east end of the island for the historical information that he so willingly shared to me, that made me better enjoy my stay . . . immensely. Can’t wait to go back!
Something special that I learned prior to coming to St. Croix was that my great-great-great grandfather lived here when he was part of the Royal Danish army.Â He later moved to Illinois and thats how part of my family came to the states.Â It was meant to be that I go back and visit!
This is part of one of the larger intact ruins left from the Danes.Â There are many many old sugar mill plantations on the island, some preserved and some not.
This is near the pier in Fredriksted (West Island)
Some of the Fredriksted Buildings.Â The architecture on the island is beautiful, very unique.
This was taken during the “rehearsal” for Amber & Carraig’s wedding.Â Killer awesome sunset!!!
This is the Rust Op Twist sugar mill.Â One of the largest and very well preserved still!
I took a snorkel tour to Buck Island, one of the most pristine beaches in the entire world (I’m not making that up either!)Â JFK came to Buck island in the 60s and designated Buck Island the only National Underwater Park.Â It is very well preserved and has some of the world’s best snorkeling.Â I can tell you first hand it was absolutely AMAZING!Â Below is the world famous “Turtle Beach”.
This was taken from our sail boat of the very very east tip of Buck Island, right where the boat ‘docked’ and where we snorkeled for an hour.Â The water is really that clear, there is no magic or tricks here, it was simply that amazing!
Again, another from Turtle Beach, with a view of the north central part of the island, Christiansted.Â I took a quick dive here, the water is absolutely amazing.Â There were a bunch of small, clear transparent fish swimming everywhere.
A view of the east end of the island.Â Just past those hills is the eastern most property of the USA.
Here is the south east bay.Â Near here is the Divi Carina Resort/Casino.Â You are looking at Grape Tree Bay, and on the very left side of the pic is where we shot Amber’s bridal pictures in the old, run-down resort hotel.
From atop a hill in the pic above you can see Isaac’s Bay, one of the less frequented beaches due to its accessibility.Â On the other side of that hill is Jack’s Bay, supposed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the island.Â It’s a good hike to get down there!
One last one from the other side of Turtle Beach on Buck Island.Â Amazing day to take some pics!